A great night out for the members of Accademia Apulia UK
By Francesca De Canio
After only two years from its launch, the Accademia Apulia UK has won the hearts of its many members by providing aspiring professionals an interactive network of support of established individuals from many different fields.
Given the many successes achieved in such a short time, at the official presentation of the society’s latest cultural project, the British-Italian cultural association treated more than 350 of its London members to a soiree in Kensington.
In typical English weather, the drizzling evening of May 29th, began with an aperitif at the Archangel bar in Kensington High Street where Angelo Iudice, the Chairperson of Accademia Apulia UK, announced the next project undertaken by the Accademia: "In the coming months we will be busy organizing Accademia Apulia art Award 2010 - a photographic prize intended to celebrate the creativity and the diversity of the international art scene. To thank you for your support and friendship, "continued the Chairperson," we have reserved a section of the Royal Albert Hall for you to enjoy a concert by Claudio Baglioni."
The success of the evening at the Royal Albert Hall revealed itself on the faces of members and friends of the Academy Apulia UK at the end of the song "This Little Big Love" – the whole audience honoured the Roman singer with a standing. To tricolours and a banner raised from the stalls "From Porta Portese to Portobello: everywhere and always", there were more standing ovation and cheers coming from English, Russian, Japanese and Spanish enthusiasts.
“Last time I heard an artist sing for over two hours non-stop was Elton John,” said Helena Hung, a member of the Accademia, at the end of the evening. The warmth of the audience at the Royal Albert Hall delighted Claudio Baglioni, "I knew the RAH as a spectator. Here I saw Stevie Wonder - this and an amazing place," stated Baglioni backstage marking the end of his European Tour entitled: ONE WORLD. The singer continued "The earth is one big country," and paraphrasing the words of the philosopher Seneca said "we are waves of the same sea, leaves from the same tree, flowers from the same garden. The music does not resolve the divisions of the world, but has the power to re-unite the divisive effects of border controls, nationality, cultural differences and social needs. The music is a channel of universal communication. Words also shared by the Accademia Apulia UK whose international membership comprises a rich cultural melting pot and purposely chose this event to thank its members by virtue of the multicultural value expressed by this extraordinary concert.